James is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant and studied at Lincoln University to gain a BCom, majoring in Accounting, Finance and Information Technology.
James spent over four years working in the motor vehicle industry in Timaru, before becoming a Chartered Accountant.
Looking at the big picture, setting goals and helping clients plan to achieve those goals are what James enjoys most about his job.
When James is not in the office he is usually spending time with his family, and sometimes out on the squash court or race track. James is also a big rugby, cricket and motor sport fan.
:BCom, CA, CPP
Richard has over 15 years of Agri Banking experience in Canterbury, South Canterbury and North Otago. He holds a BCom in Agriculture majoring in Rural Valuation and Farm Management, and a Certificate of Public Practice for Chartered Accountancy Firms.
His knowledge of agriculture and business is current and broad. Richard has successfully helped a range of farming systems from large to small, discover and achieve their goals. Hailing from a family sheep and beef station prior to attending Lincoln, his roots are firmly grounded in agriculture. Helping farmers succeed is his passion. With so many challenges facing farming businesses, Richard is uniquely placed to help you optimise your planning and financial needs.
Outside of work, Richard loves doing multi sport, playing squash and mountain biking with his family and friends.
:BCom, AG VFM, CPP
Maggie, a Senior Chartered Accountant on our team, has a wide variety of business accounting knowledge and skillsets that has been acquired from working in accounting practices over the past ten years.
Maggie began her accounting career as an Office Junior in a firm in Christchurch, while studying full-time at the University of Canterbury towards her Bachelor of Commerce, Majoring in Taxation. Maggie is putting all her knowledge and experience to great use here at Sidekick Timaru, and enjoys helping clients in all aspects of accounting and business development.
When Maggie is not working in the Sidekick office or out and about visiting clients, she enjoys running around the beautiful streets of Timaru, running after her gorgeous toddler, and cooking delicious meals. Originally from Ikawai (just out of Waimate), Maggie moved to Timaru from Christchurch in November 2017 and we’re so pleased she did!
Jess has a varied accounting background, having worked in both accounting practices and commercial environments, in NZ and overseas.
Jess graduated from Otago University with an LLB and BCom, and then embarked on her accounting career in Wellington. After gaining her Chartered Accountancy, Jess worked in both Dublin and London, while enjoying life on the other side of the world. She eventually returned to her home province and loves working as part of the Sidekick Timaru team to help local businesses achieve their goals.
Outside of work, Jess loves spending time with her family, watching her three boys playing sport and heading to the beach in beautiful Kakanui.
:BCom, CA, LLB
Olivia was born and raised in Christchurch, then moved to Timaru in 2006 where her accounting career started. While working she studied at the local Ara Institute towards a Diploma in Business Accounting and is now a qualified Accounting Technician.
She enjoys working with clients and helping them get an understanding of their accounts and is looking forward to getting to know the range of clients here at Sidekick Timaru.
Outside of work she likes to spend time with her husband, twin boys and their ever expanding zoo, she is also an avid gamer and film buff.
Manish, one of our friendly Sidekick Timaru Accountants brings 6 years of experience in the accounting industry, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Commerce.
Manish’s role at Sidekick Timaru involves a variety of compliance work for our clients, such as end of year financials and GST Returns, and he particularly enjoys the challenging and interesting parts of accounting such as Budgeting and Forecasting.
Outside of work Manish enjoys both watching cricket games and playing cricket, chilling out and watching a movie and exploring new places around Canterbury and beyond.
Tom started his accounting career with us in late 2020 after completing his BCom, majoring in Finance at Otago University.
Tom is now starting the journey to becoming a fully qualified Chartered Accountant. In the office, Tom is continuing to gain experience in accounting for a range of businesses, and enjoys the variety of work that Sidekick Timaru offers.
In his own time, Tom enjoys spending time on the bowling green to relax.
Bryleigh is our latest Lincoln recruit. She joined us in 2021, as an administrator while completing her Accounting degree at Lincoln, before beginning as a graduate accountant in 2022. Bryleigh is passionate about agriculture, and comes from an innovative family dairy and cropping farm south of Timaru. Bryleigh is excited about starting her journey on becoming a modern agricultural accountant.
Besides study and work Bryleigh, who grew up on her family farm in South Canterbury, is also passionate about running, going to the gym, and spending time with her family, partner and puppy, Ginny. “My time so far at Sidekick has been very enjoyable, I love the variety of work and family-like environment within the Sidekick team, and everyone has been so welcoming and friendly.”
Lisa started her accounting career in Dunedin in 2003 after completing her Diploma in Business & Accounting at Otago Polytechnic. She moved to Timaru in 2006 were she continued her career in the accounting industry. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family and going for bush walks with her dogs.
Client Services Manager
Lea is our amazing Client Services Manager, taking charge of all aspects of our workflow and client relationships. She has the answer to all your Xero, bookkeeping and administration queries – and if she doesn’t, she will put you onto the right person.
Lea has an abundance of experience working in accounts-based roles in both New Zealand and London, as well as in accountancy practices. With a Bachelor of Tourism Management from Lincoln, Lea brings many skills to the Sidekick Timaru office, which continues to be of great benefit to our clients.
A local from a family farm south of Timaru, Lea enjoys spending her spare time gardening, walking her dog and spending time with her two children.
Client Services Administrator
Jessie is our new Client Services Manager, taking on all aspects of our workflow, payroll & client relationships.
Jessie has recently moved back to South Canterbury with her family after living and working away for several years.
Her previous roles have been in the rural sector – which she’s hugely passionate about and is excited about. It’s especially great for some of our Rural clients to have another passionate expert on the team!
When she’s not working, Jessie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
She’s already really excited about her new role here at Sidekick Timaru and has settled into the team superbly!
Mel looks after anything from client queries to bookkeeping and payroll, and assists the Sidekick Timaru accounting team with a variety of work. With a background of working in the customer service industry, her top priority is maintaining great client and workplace relationships.
When Mel isn’t working, she loves to spend time with her beautiful baby girl, her family on the farm at Tarras or the Ohau bach, and catching up with friends.
Our new meeter and greeter extraordinaire Molly will be the first face you see when you come through our doors. In the first few months she’s been with us, she claims she “loves the culture at Sidekick already” and with her office experience and people skills we feel really privileged to have Molly on board. She used the recent lockdown to train in all things Xero and Hubdoc and is now looking forward to getting to know our clients and further assist our Administration Team.
Kirsten specialises in dispute resolution, relationship property, HR, and employment law.
A litigator with over 20 years experience in all forms of dispute resolution both here and in England, Kirsten is also a qualified and admitted solicitor on the UK Solicitors’ roll. Kirsten has appeared at all levels of courts in the civil and employment jurisdiction, including the Court of Appeal in New Zealand and junioring in the House of Lords in the UK.
Her significant expertise enables her to provide a range of advice and guidance relating to everything from all aspects of health and safety, to assisting in the prevention and resolution of employment-related issues for both employers and employees, relationship property matters and complex commercial, civil and trust litigation and disputes.
With an outstanding track record for resolving complex litigation while previously working as a partner of a medium sized Canterbury firm and the head of an employment and dispute resolution team, she ensures her client’s business is future-proofed.
Josh is a software specialist and Chartered Accountant with 14 years industry experience, and is spearheading the move to cloud-based accounting through Sidekick Cloud, launched in 2019.
As traditional, time-consuming methods of book-keeping are being challenged in the market place – especially in the highly mobile post COVID-19 economy – Josh’s passion is in the potential of real-time cloud technology and its ability to enhance business efficiency and profitability. He designs holistic business systems for his clients and has a special focus on the add-on software market.
Josh has a talent for assessing clients’ needs and ensuring he provides each business with the capability to manage their own finances through thorough training and ongoing support. He believes that this is the key to the sustainability of any new system and enjoys witnessing clients start to manage their own accounts with confidence. He is constantly learning and expanding his own knowledge in the world of add-on products for Xero users – such as WorkflowMax, Hubdoc and Unleashed – so that he can continue to offer the very best solutions for Kiwi businesses.
:BCom, BA, CA
Dave’s spent over 20 years in accounting and he still loves coming to work every day. He founded the company back in 2006, and his infectious enthusiasm has helped him build a company of talented staff who are excited to be part of DJCA.
As you’d expect, Dave is a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants. He’s also a Mentor with the Business Mentors of NZ program, and is especially skilled at advising clients from all kinds of industries in strategy, planning, goal setting, and implementing business structures.
Dave played hooker for Marlborough Boys’ College and won the Matthews Cup for Most Outstanding Player (ahead of Anton Oliver, who was maybe 14 at the time). He now enjoys running and biking with his kids.